Fraternity constructs haunted trail for charity
18th annual Wicked Woods open Wed. to Fri.
Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013 22:10
Chainsaws buzzing, evil clowns laughing and students screaming — the Halloween spirit is in the air and Wicked Woods is turning on the terror to benefit charities.
The Kappa Sigma fraternity will continue its 18th annual Wicked Woods, a haunted trail to support the fraternity’s national philanthropy and local community.
“What we try to do is squeeze as much as possible in four and a half acres,” said Israel Michel, senior mechanical engineering major and operations officer of Wicked Woods. “We want to make your experience not only the scariest, but we also want to allow you to have a good time.”
The admission fees will be donated to Military Heroes, a national campaign that works to provide free housing to wounded veterans. Patrons are encouraged to bring canned goods for up to $2 off admission.
On its second night, Friday, Wicked Woods drew approximately 1,400 people to the property. Jack Ellis, junior finance major and vice president of Kappa Sigma, said the event reaches out to not only A&M students but also high school and middle school students and families. Ellis also said WickedWoods is the fifth-largest haunted trail in Texas.
Michel said the trail is divided into eight scenes with different themes that include a clown scene, a chainsaw scene and a maze that people must navigate. Michel said guides go with each group so people don’t get lost.
“You’re not really seeing anyone,” Michel said. “You’re walking through the trails and the actual woods, which are pretty darn dark. Really, all you can see is the tall trees. You have random scares throughout the trails and probably won’t go a couple feet or seconds before you get scared again.”
Lara Damian, senior human resource development major, said she went to Wicked Woods for a date party in the past and enjoyed the haunted trail. Damian said she likes to try activities that are service-oriented and fun at the same time.
“I had my eyes closed through most of it,” Damian said. “It definitely achieved the goal of scaring me. I recommend it to people because it’s one of those things where you should at least do it once.”
Ellis said each year Wicked Woods draws thousands of people, including those outside of Bryan-College Station.
“Knowing that we have this opportunity to put on this large event, we’ve had people come in not even from here,” Ellis said. “We’ve had people who’ve heard about this and come from Galveston and Mississippi — people who have traveled great distances to come.”
The trail opened Thursday and will resume at 8 p.m. Wednesday and run through Friday night.